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Description: Oversley House
Date Listed: 1 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 305260
OS Grid Reference: SP0938657836
OS Grid Coordinates: 409386, 257836
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2187, -1.8640
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ALCESTER KINWARTON ROAD
SP0857 (South side)
4/101 Oversley House
Workhouse, now retirement housing. Dated 1837 on parapet. Converted to flats and
cottages 1984. Red brick; front faced on limestone ashlar. Slate roof; both
stone and brick chimneys. Complex plan; front range and separate single storey
pavilions with linking walls; behind, 4 wings radiating from central octagon,
with single range attached at right angles at opposite end to front range.
Severe simple classical style. Front range 3 storeys; 11-window range. Central 5
bays project. Heavy porch with corner piers, cornice and parapet, with late C20
door inside. Late C20 imitation sashes with glazing bars. First floor has sill
band. Simple cornice. Centre has parapet with inscription. Single storey
pavilions have recessed centre with single window. Pediment with small circular
opening. Linking wall has pedestrian opening with basket arch. Rear, octagon and
wings have ground floor rendered to half-height. Tile roofs. 3-storey octagon
and 2-storey wings; 6-window range, one wing 4-window. Octagon has windows in
re-entrant sides. Late C20 casements with glazing bars, doors and porches.
Gauged brick flat arches. Octagon has hipped roof and square cupola. Canted
angles with sunk panels. South west face has clock; other faces have round
arched louvred openings. Lead roof and weathervane with scrollwork. Cupola and
weathervane said to be C17, from Studley Castle. Interior not inspected.
Inscription on parapet states that the stone was the gift of Sir Charles
Listing NGR: SP0938657836
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Source: English Heritage
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